The fabric featured in the photo opposite I purchased a couple of years ago in the States. The 3 shades of the mauve is on the one piece of fabric as the same with the pink and yellow fabric you see in the Sack de Ville bag

I put 2 pieces of tear away in the hoop

2 pieces of thin cotton batting over the top of the tear a way. Do not hoop

put the fabric that you will use for the background of the Sack de Ville bag on top of the cotton batting. As seen in the photograph opposite. Once again do not hoop     


To stop the batting and fabric from moving, I have in my machine at all times a template for stitching all around the hoop starting from the center and working out and around, as you can see in the photograph No. 5

Stitching out the hoop template

As you can see in the photograph opposite the stitches are very large, so as to makes it easy for you to remove the stitches during the stitch out or when finished.

I always like to take the template stitches out as I go




Once you have stitched all the designs out.

Cut with scissors around the satin stitch edge


All the designs for the bag have been cut with the scissors around the satin stitched edge


Stitch using a zigzag stitch to join each of the panels together


Stitch quilt shop to the Cafe and the cake shop to the Cafe as shown in the photograph opposite

Stitch Cake shop back to the Cafe back and Quilt shop back as shown in the photograph opposite



Stitch the side panels to the correct sides

Park lane will be in the middle of cake shop front and cake shop back



Thread lane will be in the middle of Quilt shop and Quilt shop back


This is how the bag should look once you have zigzag stitched all the panels together


Measure the width and length of the outer bag to make the base of the bag. *Always cut more than what you need due to the bulk of the wadding


  1. Gingham
  2. Thick wadding
  3. Timtex
  4. Thick wadding
  5. Gingham



Stitch around the outer edge of the base as shown in the photograph opposite

Mark the exact width and length for the base of the bag



As you can see in the photograph I just stitched around the outer edge of the base of the bag


Mark with your chalk or marking pen the exact measurements for the base of the bag


Satin stitch around your markings for the base.

I satin stitched a couple of times around the base, this gives you a nice finish to the base of the bag



Zigzag the base to all the panels


The handles I purchased in Sydney at Hobbsew. I beleive I saw similar handles while in the States at either Joann's or Walmart. The cotton lace I will be using to go around the top of the bag. I feel the lace just finishes the bag of nicely


Stitch the lace to the top of the bag, as seen in the photograph opposite and below number 23




Bag handles

Left to right


Gingham fabric iron pressed at each end

Finished handle



I cut the Timtex much thinner to the fabric width


Sandwich the timtex between the two pieces of gingham and stitch each side of the handle


Slice the four handles onto the two handles. Do not cut the ends as yet, I always like to leave this part until I have machined stitched the handles to the bag


Stitch the handles onto the bag using your machine. Another good reason for using the lace, you do not see the stitches to sew the handles on. Cut the ends of the handles


Inside the bag where you can see the base finished and the handles sewen on



Finished. Now to do the lining of the bag


Measure the bag length and width

I cut the pink ginghum three times the length of the bag and twice the width

Press the width section over so you have double the fabric for the lining.

I sat down and watched a picture while doing this part. I pleated by hand the top section. Beleive me I had finished pleating the lining before the picture had finished. Once I got started I was on a roll and I found it very relaxing. Must admit it was a long picture over 3 hours "The English Patient" It was a lovely picture needed a hankie at the end :)

Sew over your hand stitched pleating using your machine or you could you a pretty decorative stitch to cover your hand stitching



 Gather the bottom section of the lining. As seen in the photograph opposite



Measure once again the base of the bag. I always make the base for the lining to attach slightly larger than the bag base

Stitch the lining to the lining base

Cut away any excess fabric

Stitch the lining to the top of the bag, once again the lace comes in handy as you cannot see the stitches

Congratulations all finished !!!!!





  Photogaphs 34, 35 and 36 show you the finished lining of the bag